Apple awarded several new patents – Smart Covers, iTunes, and more

Apple awarded several new patents – Smart Covers, iTunes, and more
Apple was awarded 25 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office today. While a handful of them were utility patents for connectors, security, networking, and other things, there were a few very interesting ones that made it through.

First off, Apple has been granted a patent for a content rental system for the iTunes Store. The patent was originally filed back in January of 2008. 

Apple was also granted two design patents. The first of which is for an Apple Store Display Structure. Judging from the figure submitted, it looks just like the displays we showed you that were put up inside the store-within-a-store located inside a Walmart in Arkansas.

The second design patent is for the iPad Smart Cover. You’ve undoubtedly seen these around, if you don’t already own one yourself. They are the magnetic covers that can also be folded to function as a keyboard stand or a FaceTime and movie stand. Apple was also awarded a patent for an iMac Smart Cover. Finally, Apple won a Canadian retail packing design patent for its Smart Cover's packaging.

To take a gander at the other various patents that Apple was granted, head on over to Patently Apple in the source link.



15. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

the patent for the store display makes sense... sooner or later the competitors devices are going to be more visually appealing than the iphone/ipad so it would behoove them to make sure others dont rip off their layouts to sell their products... its a marketing/advertisement patent... i understand that. why do yall hate people for protecting their products or gaining control over ideas because the originator was too stupid to protect their own inventions?


Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

It dosn't belong to them.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Expect apple to try sue even the likes of doro next with its new army of mostly ridiculous patents. The doro phones are black in colour and the design stinks of copying apple especially as there is no bluetooth so you cannot bluetooth files between fellow doro handsets like iphones,how dare they insult the great apple in this way!

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's been a great week for Apple. Hopefully some court victories to follow soon to punish the copycats

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

You are so far up your own ass with this copy cat stuff

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh! You mean like the court victory that Motorola got with the ITC which may lead to the copycat Apple being banned from U. S. sales?

13. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

honestly I don't hate anybody for their phone preferance, but dude you need to stop this. You post the same things on every post and get shot down on every post. Just give it up.

14. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

LOL. You are very funny. But what is even funnier is you 100% believe your own bulls**t.

16. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Here is a court victory for you, Taco... "Apple iPhone Violates Motorola Wi-Fi Patent" Tuesday, 10:52 AM by Eric M. Zeman from yesterday's Phonescoop... What were you saying about copycats??? lol!!!

5. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

How the f*** can a patent like "Apple Store Display Structure" being granted. All stores looks the same. Using bribes and bought the patent with peoples hard earned money.

4. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

the biggest patent troll Apple again in an action....not able to innovate: so he has to sue everyone

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So there was a "smart" cover already available before apple sold theirs. I doubt the stupid patent office knew that and granted it anyhow.

7. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You Sound like the kid from family guy

9. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

you READ his comment and know how he SOUNDS yeah are you Chuck Norris' kid?

2. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

hm i certainly like the idea of a smartcover for imac... it is completely unnecessary but kind of cool

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